How I Really Feel About The Apple Watch
Is it worth the money?
I’ve had my Apple Watch for a little over a month now and wanted to give you an update on my thoughts.
First, I was completely peer pressured into buying this thing. Everyone in my Pilates class wears one and I tried fighting the temptation to buy one for a long time before I caved. I was having a conversation with my friend, Raven, and she told me that the watch really motivated her to set goals and be active.
When I asked all of you on Instagram what your favorite feature on your Apple Watch was, the response made me laugh! The watch allows you to “Ping” your phone so if you’re ever having issues finding it, this helps a ton.
I’m not entirely sure that this feature justifies spending $199+ on a watch you have to wear all day.
It does help me keep an eye on how many calories I’m burning and I was curious to know how accurate that calorie counter is so I did some googling and it sounds like the information your watch is presenting is accurate as long as you’re not intentionally trying to beat the system. And if I’m being completely honest, seeing how many calories I’ve burned just helps me justify eating something completely unhealthy HA so I’m not so sure it’s a good thing!
I mainly bought the Apple Watch because I’m a huge Audible supporter and I’m constantly listening to books.
I googled if the Audible app was compatible with the Apple Watch and was told by several sites that it was. The idea of moving around the house doing chores and not having to move my phone around with me from room to room sounded great! But I have yet to figure out if that is even a possibility because from what I can see, I can use my Apple Watch to control the Audible playing through my phone speakers or my wireless airpods, but I haven’t seen how to utilize the Apple Watch speakers yet. I’m hoping I’m just being an idiot and there is a way otherwise I really bought this thing for nothing.
Another feature I feel is missing is the “boarding pass”. I downloaded the American Airlines app on my watch in hopes that my QR boarding pass would appear and I could just swipe my wrist on my way onto the plane. No such luck. It does however tell me my boarding time, gate number and seat assignment which is pretty helpful because I need to be reminded 100 times before actually getting on the plane.
One of my favorite features is the camera remote! The fact that I can prop up my phone and just tap my wrist when I want a photo or video taken is super handy.
Speaking of remotes, it also allows me to control our Apple TV’s right from my wrist. The only thing I can’t change is the volume though and that’s a big one.
A huge selling point for me is that your Apple Watch can unlock your phone while you’re wearing a mask! Yeah, you read that right. It’s annoying to have a feature that you paid extra for, Face ID, not work because of a mask. Apple can figure out anything so I wasn’t shocked that they found a convenient loophole. No longer will you have to type your passcode in or do a quick mask pull down. Your watch will do the work for you. It also unlocks your Mac as an extra bonus.
All in all, I don’t really think the Apple Watch is worth the cash or the hype if we’re being honest. I definitely expected more. Using my Apple Watch feels like I’m back in 2006 using the slow web browser and tiny buttons to type a text. I expect a more Star Wars technology vibe. I want to be able to at least FaceTime if I can’t use a hologram yet.